Module Identifier HY31120  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Eryn M White  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Michael F Roberts, Dr Martyn J Powell, Dr David Ceri Jones  
Mutually Exclusive HY31620 , HY31020  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   (2 x 2 hours)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 1 X 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM  70%
Semester Assessment 1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be:
a) Familiar with a body of historical knowledge in the field of early modern Europe
b) Familiar with comparative perspectives on the history of modernity, and Europe's role in early globalisation
c) Able to read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts
d) Able to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Able to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed)

Brief description

To provide a broad 'survey' of Early Modern European history from the Renaissance to the eve of the Industrial Revolution, examined through landmark 'events' and selected biographical case studies. The course will ask why, and how plausibly, developments such as the Renaissance and Reformation, the 'Discovery' of the New World by Europeans, the 'Rise of Capitalism', the 'Scientific Revolution' and the 'Decline of Magic' have been viewed as shaping a distinctively 'modern' world. The questions asked in the course are fundamental for newcomers to the period, but the case studies to be examined are also intended to complement and refine, rather than to duplicate, the treatment of Early Modern history in courses offered at Level One and elsewhere at Level 3.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Jean-Baptiste Duroselle (1990) Europe: A History of its Peoples (Chapters 11 & 12)
John Hale (1993) The Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance


This module is at CQFW Level 6